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NW Flower & Garden Show 2016

By K. Monika Hawkinson

I am pleased to report that our booth at this year’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show was a complete success. The responses we got from many visitors were so encouraging. Like the family that wandered with all three of them having to try their hand at carving in the demo booth, and then continuing to talk with Nicki Oberholtzer for another half hour about Camp B. Or the moment I looked over at the demo booth to see a family of six or seven all gathered around, with their faces just beaming with joy and amazement while Nicky was chiseling away. Moments like that made this year’s show so worthwhile for me. I am totally hooked.

There were thirty-six sculptures from fourteen different artists on display this year. The variety and quality of the work really showed what fantastic talent we have in our group. From Tom Francis’s pumice “Japanese Lantern” to Sharon Feeney’s “Budding”, our booth was full of many beautiful examples of the range of possibilities that stone sculpting represents. Carl Nelson’s “Black Bunny” got lots of love, Cyra Jane’s intricately detailed “Thorns” drew awe, while Pat Barton’s petrified wood “Hard Wood” was easily the most touched piece in the booth. As a recruitment vehicle for Camp B, we totally nailed it!

Garden Show Member DisplaySo last fall, Carl Nelson called me up and asked if I would be willing to organize the booth for this year’s Flower and Garden Show. Not really understanding what I was in for, I foolishly said yes. Fortunately, NWSSA has some great people that picked up the slack when I was overwhelmed with my new job. Pat Barton, Nicky Oberholtzer, Cyra Jane Hobson, Renee Roberts and Carl Nelson all provided invaluable support in making this show happen for us. I cannot thank them enough. I also want to give a big thank you to the folks that volunteered to work the booth even when they weren’t exhibiting any of their own work. You were such a big help! And thank you to the artists that made this all possible.

2016 NW Flower & Garden Show

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NWSSA Member Show at the
Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Feb 17th - 21st, 2016

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show has been heralding the start of spring since 1989, as gardening enthusiasts from around the Northwest flock to this annual celebration, held in the beautiful Washington State Convention Center for five days full of spectacular display gardens, seminars, gardening resources and a marketplace for all things to enhance your gardening passion!

This year, The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association has a booth #2502 located in the educational area with room for about 30 sculptures on display by our artist members.

The show runs from Feb. 17 to 21st
Hours are 9 AM to 8 PM except on Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM.

Please stop by to see and touch the sculpture, chat with member artists about the type of stone and processes used, learn about our upcoming sculpture symposiums and art shows the NWSSA will be participating in this summer. You can even try carving with our hand tools in the demo booth!

For more information, directions or tickets to the NW Flower & Garden Show, visit

A New Venue in Bellingham

Sculpture NW LogoWade Marlow and Al Zimmerman have opened a new gallery in Bellingham called Sculpture Northwest Gallery. It will be a large space to showcase the work of emerging and established Northwest artists. To get the whole thing started, they are giving NWSSA members the opening show from June 5 through August 16.

There will be a private opening for NWSSA members only on May 28 from 5 to 7 pm. The guest of honor will be Sebastian (Enrique Carbajal) of Mexico City, perhaps the foremost urban sculptor in the world today.

Artists rendering of newly rebuilt front of the galleryHere is Wade Marlow to tell you about the show.

“Regional Stone, Regional Sculptors" opens as the inaugural show at Sculpture Northwest's new gallery 203 Prospect St. Studio 101 Bellingham. The choice of offering this show to NWSSA was made simple by the knowledge of the very high level of artistry of the members. Not so simple was selecting the work from a large body of submissions. The resulting show is of such a uniformly exceptional quality that the viewer will be amazed and leave the show with a much deeper understanding of the regional work being done and the aesthetics involved. While the work inevitably varies among the thirty two artists represented there are still qualities that tread their way though the show. The most obvious quality is elegance. So much of the work has that timeless simplicity and high workmanship that is the most pleasing to the eye. Sculpture Northwest is proud to present this remarkable show.